Distance 15.2 km return, height gain 789 m, moderately strenuous
Barwell is a large sprawling hill shaped like a comb with three tops and five ridges extending southwards. Running along these ridges are trails built by K Country for motorbikes. Still with me? These trails differ only a little from regular hiking trails, being more undulating, narrower and drier underfoot. They make perfect spring training walks when snow mantles the Front Ranges to the west. Though youâ€™ll be walking mainly through pine forest, there are also flowery meadows/cutblocks on south-facing slopes and craggy outcrops.
Start: 549 (McLean Creek Trail.) Fisher Creek OHV staging area and campground. Start from the far end of the right-hand loop near the info board.
Difficulty: Easy hiking on good trails.
Note: Trails can be combined in various permutations to suit all levels of effort. The best all day loop (18.5 km with a considerable height gain) is Barwell Summit trail to the main summit and a return via Moonrocks, Second Ridge and East Ridge from access 1.
- View from the main summit looking west
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 4 Trail #71A
Trailhead: Fisher Creek 50.79889N, -114.58955W
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Last updated Sep 3, 2016